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OPINION     Three Stooges ? data retention turns to farce
It?s becoming all too familiar. Government policy made up on the fly, ministers shooting from the lip, the public being taken for fools. Welcome to data retention 2014 style.

Tomorrow is Spark Day
Telecom New Zealand ceases to exist at midnight tonight, when it becomes Spark.

Data retention to ?fight terrorism?
The Government has announced controversial legislation mandating data retention for telecommunications companies. It is part of a $630 million boost to security agencies.

OPINION    ?Independent? review criticises NBN?s birth
The Scales report into the original development and planning process for the NBN was tabled yesterday. It is not kind to the former government or to the ACCC.

ANALYSIS     NewSat in disarray, blames everybody else
Australian satellite operator NewSat is not a happy place. Its shares are plummeting, three directors have resigned, and analysts are panning it. It wasn?t meant to be like this.

Turnbull defends ISP piracy plan ? and says content owners need to lift their game
Communications Minister Malcom Turnbull has defended the Government?s plans to make ISPs police the actions of their customers.?

NBN Co and Ericsson extend wireless agreement to satellites
NBN Co and Ericsson Australia have signed a four-year contract to deliver fixed wireless and satellite services to regional and rural Australia.

Vodafone reallocates spectrum for big 4G push; Amcom signs ?biggest? Cisco deal with UoM; ACMA launches website for wireless mic users; SDN to ?take over the data centre?; Nokia trials 4G for TV broadcasting; ANALYSIS One billion smartphones will ship this year.

A NBN will pick its own cherries from September
Rollout data from Telstra shows that NBN fibre to the basement services to some apartment buildings will begin as early as September.

CommsWire 28 July 2014

CommsWire 25 July 2014

Latest FAD consultation process begins
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a discussion paper on pricing for the regulated fixed line services supplied using Telstra?s copper network.

CommsWire 24 July 2014

Telstra sends more jobs to Asia
When Telstra boss David Thodey said the company?s future is in Asia, he was right. That?s where many of the company?s jobs are headed.

CommsWire 23 July 2014

CommsWire 22 July 2014

ACMA hosts regional regulators? meeting ? ?strength in diversity?
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is playing host to the fourth Asia Pacific Regulators Roundtable, being held this week in Sydney.

CommsWire 21 July 2014

ECONOMUSE     Can we go faster and cheaper, please?
The focus to-date has been on rolling-out the NBN faster and cheaper. The NBN does need to be faster and cheaper ? but to its users.

Telstra wins $200 million in NBN court stoush; Unpicking the cherry picking ? what Vertigan means for TPG; Where to now for the Senate NBN Committee?; Collaboration a big boost to local economy; CloudFlare picks Equinix for big expansion; Digital watermarking may end piracy.

Vertigan report lets sleeping dogs lie ? ?with ?important modifications? which help the ACCC; IBM and Apple form unlikely alliance; What the IBM-Apple deal means; Brocade joins Ethernet Consortium; while Riverbed joins Azure group; Time Warner rebuffs Murdoch; Pacnet gets Gartner gong.

Australia at top of new e-trade index; Turnbull trumpets NBN success; Google forms council on ?right to be forgotten?; Large screen iPhone delayed; Huawei unveils its new data centre products; Telecom NZ to launch 4G mobile over 700 MHz

Buckingham confirmed as iiNet CEO; Fujitsu spending billions on the cloud; Sprint and T-Mobile close to a deal; Huawei?s supply chain to ?go green?; Apple hits back at China over privacy fears; Rupert Murdoch calls NBN 'ridiculous'

NBN Co?s $3 million man exceeds lowered expectations; Kiwi ISP gets around geoblocking; ACMA looks to lower fees for professional wireless microphone users; Telstra statement to ASX on divestments; Ciena announces major new software suite; Juniper boosts executive team.

My Net Fone acquires iBoss; Huawei Australia to expand into data centres; Opposition grows to TPP restrictions; OPINION Why the TPP is bad for us ? and useless; Zuckerberg says the Internet more important than the printing press; Australia fourth in 4G penetration.

Turnbull launches National Map; NT Government and Telstra connect the bush; SubPartners to use NextDC's P1 for APX cables; Alcatel-Lucent hits 10 Gbps over copper
Bell Labs has developed a prototype technology which it says paves the way; NewSat secures $11.7 million contract for Jabiru-2 capacity; Australia ?lags the world? on mobile strategy; US networking market 'healthy'.

Turnbull announces Triple Zero review; Report exposes Google?s Australian ad revenues; as the whole industry gets stood on its head; Telstra to connect Adelaide Oval; Yet another Internet of Things alliance; Telecom NZ confirms Spark launch; .. and strips Ultra Fibre naked.

Expedia to buy Wotif; Respecting your privacy ? new ?private cloud? to take on Facebook; Police are gathering your phone data by 'tower dumping'; AussieSim back as ZipTel ? to take on Skype; AussieSim announces record monthly SIM sales; M2 adds 100,000 users in the financial year; Telecom NZ invests in applications development startup App La Carte; Wi-Fi to get faster ? and faster and faster; ?Digital disruption? to cost banks $27 billion; RETROSPECTIVE 160 years of Australian telecommunications

Global networks ?full of obsolete devices?; Physical location of data ?will become increasingly irrelevant? in post-Snowden era; Malone continues to cash out of iiNet; O3B?s next four satellites to launch next week; Kiwi researcher signs on to Hawaiki; Cisco signs Flinders University deal

TELSTRA IN COURT ? 1 Telstra-NBN battle over CPI indexing heats up; TELSTRA IN COURT ? 2 Telstra wins ? court says dispute ?not a dispute?; Vocus acquisition of FX Networks confirmed; Telstra invests in mobile security company; Teens big users of mobile Internet ? but online less than adults; ECONOMUSE How low can you roam?; Ericsson claims 5 Gbps on prototype 5G

NBN Co argues for continued monopoly; NBN fixed wireless passes 100,000 premises; ACMA announces new mobile to 1800 and 13/1300 framework; and ACCAN will monitor the commitments; Ruckus US deployments a pointer to Aussie Wi-Fi future; Phablets poised for growth in Australia ? and smartwatches and fitness bands; Hey Presto, now with added Chromecast; Inmarsat?s Global Xpress service begins.

Vocus to buy FX Networks, trading suspended; NTT announces SDN / NFV service; Inabox to acquire Neural Networks; Amaysim promotes Ogrin to managing director; Unified Comms a ?global growth engine?; OPINION Windows Phone on the rise.

Verizon takes Aussie ID product worldwide; but loses out in Germany; Australian mobile phone market down; ITU to promote mobile money for the poor; Faulty charger kills NSW woman; Equinix deploys Ciena for virtual networking; America slows down as Europe picks up; MCF wants mobile towers on NSW Crown Land.

NBN in $150 million FTTN pilot with Telstra; with Alcatel-Lucent vectoring cabinets; Telstra Global expands Asian network; Australia slow in Internet speed rankings; Aussies catching the mobile commerce bug; AdelaideFree Wi-Fi network makes its debut; Huawei takes Aussie students to China; AARNet deal brings cloud to higher education.

It?s OK to store data offshore, says Government; Aussie cloud startup Maestrano launches ?world first? integration technology; The world wants phablets; as Apple?s larger iPhone on the way; OPINION Confessions of a phablet phreak; SubPartners gets protection permit for APX-East; Telecom NZ reveals Internet TV details; and more fibre; The Internet in Australia is 25 years old.

ANALYSIS Telecom New Zealand?s retreat is complete; Global mobile termination rates down; Biggest ever ICANN meeting convenes in London; Vodafone customers live up ?truly unlimited? data weekend; More data for many Internode customers; Google ?considering Pacific cable investment?; BT ?simplifies? threat monitoring

Telstra in major monitored security deal; Patrick Fair to head CA security panel; NBN cabling site for consumers; Can you live without your phone?; What if you don?t need the NBN?; SBS gets head start with Freeview Plus; Windows Phone gains 500 apps a day; ANALYSIS - Generation Next says content should be free

ACCC varies fixed line FADs; Australian business embracing social media; SubPartners secures cable for APX-West build; Vocus buys stake in Sea-Me-We 3 cable; Australian data centre services revenues to exceed $1.7 billion by 2020 ; Making the most of the 3.5 GHz band; Dodo warned over customer usage alerts.

All three carriers hit with major outages; Optus boosts IT and telecoms integration; Optus Business reorganisation; Optus appoints David Caspari to head its ICT division; ACCC acts on ATM agreement; Vodafone New Zealand claims world?s fastest mobile broadband; Australian developed micro content-payment system planned; Mobile ?the future? of video, TV consumption; Telecom NZ acquires cloud services specialist Appserv.

Digital Post Australia to close; Telstra Global expands into US; Amazon releases Fire Phone; Foxtel largely to blame for piracy, says Choice; Airlines big investors in comms technologies; Youth driving the regional smartphone market; OPINION Don?t walk away Renai! Delimiter reaches limit; ?Digital wave? spurs demand for video encoders

Excess data charges up; ACCC - SMS prices; Canberra cyber security centre; Cloud and IaaS; More on Australia Post restructure; 16G fibre channel in SANs; Vodafone DoCoMo M2M agreement; Optus enhances MobileSat with Inmarsat

Online security; Mobile coverage; Vodafone and automotive M2M; NBN roll-out; Allied Telesis and SDN; China Mobile 4G

Google video streaming tool; Data#3; WiFi networks; Nokia acquires Medio Systems; Handsfree car performance not good enough- ITU; Sprint acquisition of T-Mobile closer.

Quickflix repels corporate raiders
At an Extraordinary General Meeting yesterday streaming company Quickflix easily defeated motions from US shareholders that would have seen the board turfed out.


SingTel buys two digital advertising vendors
Is this the future for Optus? SingTel has spent up big on acquiring two digital marketing suppliers, to ?create relevant and innovative marketing campaigns? to its customers.


The new look Australia Post ? two divisions and 1000 less staff
Australia Post will undergo a major restructure that will mean major job losses. But CEO Ahmed Fahour says the changes are necessary for profitability.


Nokia buys Australia?s Mesaplexx
Nokia has acquired Mesaplexx, an Australian developer of RF filtering technology.

NBN Co publishes interactive rollout map
NBN Co has released a new interactive map on its website which it says shows more information about the progress of the rollout. 

ACCC agrees NBN speeds may be misleading
In response to a question from Stephen Conroy, the head of the ACCC Rod Sims has said in a Senate committee hearing that NBN Co?s advertised speeds may be misleading.

SingTel presentations reveal Optus plans
Slides from SingTel?s analyst briefing tell us a lot about the company?s plans.

Optus revamps mobile plans
Customer numbers have stalled, so Optus has released a major overhaul of its mobile plans in an attempt to differentiate itself.

Telstra also introduces data sharing

Morrow off the hook on PG&E questions
The Government has assured that the Senate NBN Committee has been unsuccessful in its pursuit of NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow about his time at US utility Pacific Gas & Electric.

iiNet to build Canberra?s free WiFi network 
iiNet has secured an ACT Government contract to build a free WiFi network to provide wireless coverage across 12 business districts in Canberra.

COVER STORY ? The spectrum review
?    Turnbull announces spectrum review details
?    Spectrum Review Terms of Reference
?    ? AMTA welcomes spectrum review

Apple finally admits to iMessage bug